Zimbabwean parliament to convene next week

Other News Materials 19 August 2008 23:12 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - Zimbabwe's parliament will convene next week almost five months after the elections, with state radio on Tuesday quoting parliament clerk Austin Zvoma saying preparations were at "an advanced stage."

The conveing of parliament would take place either on Monday or Tuesday, the report said.

The decision to swear-in MPs is likely to irk the opposition, which wants power sharing talks to first finish. Parliamentary elections were held on March 29.

But the swearing in ceremony could not take place as the presidential election held on the same day did not come up with a clear winner.

President Robert Mugabe eventually won the run-off on June 27 from which the country's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew citing violence against his supporters. Tsvangirai had won the first round.

Zanu PF lost its majority in parliament for the first time since the country's independence from Great Britain in 1980.